IDG’s PC World Wins Eight National Awards From The American Society Of Business Publication Editors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 23, 2005 – At an award ceremony held earlier this week, PC World, the most widely-read computer or business magazine, won eight national awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Given annually, the awards recognize superior editorial, online, and design excellence in the publishing industry.

The eight awards – three gold, two silver, and three bronze – acknowledge PC World’s achievements, both print and online, in numerous departments. Service journalism, a trademark of PC World, was recognized with a Gold Award in the Regular Department category for the “Here’s How” column, and a Silver Award for Signed Editorial went to “Microsoft’s Security Problem – and Ours.”

“Given by our peers, the ASBPE awards honor our dedication to providing a superior product both online and in print, day after day and month after month,” said Harry McCracken, editor-in-chief of PC World. “The editorial and design teams truly deserve this recognition for consistently fulfilling our mission of providing trusted technology advice to our readers. Congratulations to everyone involved!”

PC World received national awards in the following categories for publications with 80,000+ circulation:

• Gold Award: Regular Department: Here’s How, August, September, and October 2004

• Gold Award: Original Web News Section: PCWorld.com News section

• Gold Award: New Publication Design: Digital World, October 2004

• Silver Award: Regular Department: Top 100, January, February, and March 2004

• Silver Award: Signed Editorial: “Microsoft's Security Problem – and Ours,” January 2004

• Bronze Award: Front Cover, Computer Generated: “World's Best Products,” July 2004

• Bronze Award: Front Cover, Illustration: “Gone!,” June 2004

• Bronze Award: Original Web Database: Product Finder

Additionally, PC World received Western Regional ASBPE awards in 13 categories, including 10 Gold for regular columns, original research, features series, news section, and opening spread. Among the winning articles were “Privacy Watch,” “Best Places to Buy,” and “Consumer Watch.”

These are the latest additions to a successful awards season for PC World. In March, PCWorld.com won its second consecutive Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Web site; in April, PC World was honored by the Western Publications Association in the Best Computer Magazine/Consumer category. And, earlier this month, the editorial, design, and Test Center teams won seven awards from the Trade, Association Business Publications International.

For over two decades, the ASBPE has given awards that honor hard work and dedication to excellence by trade publication editors and graphic designers. This year, over 2,600 total entries in editorial, online, and design categories were received.

About PC World:

PC World Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of IDG, is the publisher of PC World, PCWorld.com (www.pcworld.com), and home of the PC World Test Center. The winner of the 2004 Eddie Award for Editorial Excellence, PC World is the most widely-read computer or business magazine with a readership of over 5.5 million (MRI Spring 2005). With an average of over 5 million unique visitors per month (HitBox, March – May 2005), PCWorld.com, winner of the 2005 Neal Award for Best Web Site, is a leading online resource for technology product buyers and users.

About IDG:

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, DEMO®, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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